Nurse. Whole Health Educator. Patient Advocate
Hello! My name is Ruth Harris.
I received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Queen's University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and earned my certification as a Patient Health educator and Advocate (CPEA) through the National Institute of Whole Health located in Boston.
As a nurse for the past 34 years, and a health advocate for family and friends through the years, I have found that there are many people who are suffering from disease processes, discouragement or fear about their health, a feeling of lack of control, sometimes confusion, sometimes seemingly endless doctor visits, and prescriptions. I have witnessed that health care is often a "sick care" system, where people have come to expect a solution and easy symptom management. We need to be our own advocate and be proactive with our health.
My passion for helping others has been a lifelong calling from God.
When I was still in college I experienced the disruption major illness can bring into the family with my mother's battle with breast cancer. I grew up in an ordinary family, four kids, a dad who faithfully went to work every day taking the subway into town, and a stay at home mother who made everything from scratch. We were surprised, unprepared, and devastated, by her cancer. Enduring surgery, chemo, and radiation she lost her battle after three years at age 47. This journey and her legacy taught me so much. It made me treasure life and good health not only for me but for others, have an appreciation of navigating major illness and the many impacts it has.
As a working mother working crazy shifts, trying to be supermom, raise three kids, be active on the PTA, volunteer at school, in the community, and at church, navigating homework, piano, and soccer along with my husband, I have experienced how stress impacts many aspects of a person.
I was constantly tired and irritable and worried about getting breast cancer myself. During this time I experienced a full-term stillbirth of my third child. The unexpected loss of a baby brings a grief journey, that is isolating, and takes time for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Fast forward. A few years ago I was introduced to nutrigenomic products. Nutrigenomics is a fancy term that means using nutrition and
( lifestyle changes) to affect gene expression. In other words, while you cannot change the genes you were born with, but you can actually affect the extent of how this plays out with your life. You can find out more about these products here, but as I started sleeping soundly, having more energy, clarity, focus, and feeling better in general, I started digging into research to find the details of why and how this could happen. Studies about human functioning on a cellular, integrative systems-level, yielded a wealth of evidence-based information about how the body is brilliantly designed to heal itself. After prayer and discernment and course work, I found the path of health education a beautiful way to help others.
You are not a diagnosis.
It is my goal to help you have a better knowledge of your current health and to look deeper into the possible root causes.
To give you options of tools that will improve your wellbeing.
To help you develop and implement an action plan.
To look at you from a whole person, faith-filled perspective, considering your unique dimensions.
Finally, to work with you on what you feel is a concern so that you feel empowered that you can indeed be successful in taking control of your own health!
I am excited and glad that you are here!!
1985-87: Nurse Aide for senior living communities
1987-1991: Medical/ Surgical Floor Nurse
Georgetown Hospital Washington DC
1991-present: Labor and Delivery/Birth Center OR/Women's Services Nurse and Charge Nurse
UNC Rex Healthcare, Raleigh NC
Why Rise & Renew?
a multidimensional approach focused on self-awareness
Everyone has unique needs. Together we work on a plan of action that works best for you and your life
*Our souls are the very essence of who we are,
I believe that healing starts when we place God at the center of our lives.
*Making the time for silence, creating space for deeper connection and a loving trusting relationship with Him sets the tone for making changes in other areas of our lives.
*The health and wellbeing of ourselves made whole despite where we are.
The Big Picture
*Bringing awareness to your health concern from a physical, nutritional, emotional, environmental, and spiritual perspective
*Helping you to connect the dots, explore possible root causes
*Looking at different tools that can make a big impact on overall health and wellness
"Ruth has a beautiful calming energy and a zest & enthusiasm to go the extra mile to help her clients. I was so grateful for the way she truly listened. The information she provided me was invaluable and she helped me shift my paradigm about my weight, health, and wellness to a more holistic perspective. She taught me to be gentle with myself and focus on small consistent changes that lead to larger gains over time.
— Dani I
Chronic Disease Wellness
managing/improving health with hypertension or heart disease, diabetes, excess weight
Disease Prevention improving wellness and healthspan
Renewing Health after Surgery
You got the discharge instructions, now you are home- how do you get back ?
Renewing Health despite living with serious illness
living with a serious illness is frightening and isolating,helping you rise up to live this challenge to the best of your abilities!
Prenatal Wellness including Fourth Trimester care
growing a new life requires much care of yourself and another, helping to provide support, education,to maximize your health during this very exciting time!
Renewing Health in the face of Grief
helping your body, mind, and soul during this very hard journey